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Trott To Take Break From Cricket

Jonathan Trott in action for Warwickshire
Jonathan Trott has suffered a recurrence of a stress-related illness and will take a break from cricket
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Warwickshire have confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott will take a break from all cricket after suffering a repeat of a stress-related illness that saw him return home from England's Ashes tour in Australia in November.

After rehabilitation during the winter, he returned to action for Warwickshire at the start of the domestic season.

However, he will now spend time away from the game after experiencing similar problems during the LV= County Championship match against Sussex this week.

He is set to undergo further treatment, supported by both the ECB, with whom he has a central contract, and Warwickshire, his county club.

In a joint statement issued by the ECB and Warwickshire, Trott revealed his disappointment.

"It was with the best intentions and hope that I returned to cricket with Warwickshire this month," he said.

"Much to my disappointment, since my first game, I have felt the same anxieties that occurred during my time in Australia.

"It is not fair on my team-mates or myself to continue when I am unable to function at 100 per cent.

"In order to play at the highest level you have to be at 100 per cent and be able to concentrate fully at all times. Sadly I am unable to do this.

“With this in mind I have decided it is best for all involved that I continue my recovery on the sidelines for the time being.

"I would like to thank Warwickshire and the ECB for their continued support through this time."

ECB Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Peirce, added: "Jonathan has had a recurrence of the stress-related illness that ruled him out of all cricket this winter from late November onwards.

"Despite Jonathan wanting to play for Warwickshire from the start of the season having spent time with him yesterday it is clear that he will benefit from a further period away from the game.

"He will continue with the comprehensive support programme the ECB has put in place to assist his rehabilitation."

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